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John Clare Cottage

12 Woodgate | Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED, England
+44 1733 253330
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A great place to visit

A wonderful, underrated poet who lived such a complex and ultimately sad life is well remembered... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Simplesouls
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
worth a visit

An interesting visit to a historical cottage. The staff were very friendly and helpful and supply... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
adrian w
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Market Deeping, United Kingdom
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“his life” (6 reviews)
“great cafe” (4 reviews)
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12 Woodgate | Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED, England
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+44 1733 253330
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

A wonderful, underrated poet who lived such a complex and ultimately sad life is well remembered where he used to live and work. Make sure you wander over to the church to see his burial place.

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

An interesting visit to a historical cottage. The staff were very friendly and helpful and supply you with a free map and an audio phone. There is a small cafe with reasonably priced good quality snacks. One word of warning, if you visit in winter...More

Thank adrian w
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Fascinating 'museum' without the fuddy-duddy. A lovely insight into life in the experience of John Clare but also many people who lived in that era - not all his story, but also a glimpse into society then. Practical fun things for children (probably over 5...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

The home of a minor ( and I do mean minor) nature poet who went mad. That about sums it up. If you like Clare you will love it, me I lost interest rapidly. Being charitable it is a tourist draw for the village, and...More

Thank matelot49
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Home of the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet, who lived 1793 to 1864 when he died in Northampton. He is buried in Helpston Churchyard at St. Botolph’s Church. The cottage is beautifully maintained and has a good bookstall and a very good cafe with home cooked treats...More

Thank Irthlingborough43
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

What a lovely village and cottage to visit. john Clare was an important country poet worth getting to know. He loved the countryside around Helpston where he was born and is buried. The cottage where he was born and lived for part of his life...More

1  Thank Philip36
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Went here for coffee this morning on our way to Stamford. Was impressed by the service and the dedication of the volunteers. Knew nothing about him but was drawn to him and his work.

Thank Mary T
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We took some friends from Wales to visit this cottage as they are very interested in John Clare. We were immediately welcomed by the staff, who are all volunteers, giving up their own time, and who do an excellent job. We all thought that the...More

Thank LeicsHelen
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

My wife is a John Clare fan. We live over 100 miles away from Helpston but thought we would visit today. The Cottage website said it was open but on arrival we were met with a closed sign. Very very poor.

9  Thank GDL2014
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Don't be misled, Clare and his large family lived in just a quarter of this impressive cottage in what was basically a one up / one down. No bathrooms or toilets then of course. The statue of Clare in the courtyard is life-sized, but remember...More

1  Thank Arborfield1
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davidbale
7 September 2016|
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Response from bec1623 | Reviewed this property |
Usually open Friday's and Saturdays but I would phone first to check as it is run by volunteers. I went on a group booking but I would assume there is a senior concession.
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